19 Wildcats Make NFL Grade

With the 2009 NFL season kicking off this weekend, a total of 19 former Kansas Staters have made NFL rosters.

Final cuts have been made and 19 former Kansas State Wildcats have earned positions on National Football League rosters as the season is set to kickoff this weekend.

Veterans include 10-year pros Darren Howard (Eagles) and Mark Simoneau (Saints), plus nine-year pro Monty Beisel (Chiefs).

Rookies making the final cut include Josh Freeman (Buccaneers), Reggie Walker (Cardinals) and Ian Campbell (Rams).

Wildcats involved in trades since the end of the 2008 season included Beisel from Arizona to Kansas City, Yamon Figurs from Baltimore to Detroit, and, Nick Leckey from St. Louis to New Orleans.

Here's a look at the Wildcats in the NFL:
Monty Beisel, KC, LB, 9th season
*Ian Campbell, St. Louis, DE, R
Rock Cartwright, Washington, RB, 8
Jeromey Clary, San Diego, OT, 3
Zac Diles, Houston, LB, 3
Yamon Fugurs, Detroit, WR, 3
Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay, QB, R
Darren Howard, Philadelphia, DE, 10
* Rob Jackson, Washington, DE, 1
* James Johnson, Cincinnati, RB, 1
Ben Leber, Minnesota, LB, 8
Nick Leckey, New Orleans, C, 6
Ryan Lilja, Indianapolis, OG, 6
Jon McGraw, Kansas City, S, 8
Jordy Nelson, Green Bay, WR, 2
Terence Newman, Dallas, CB, 7
** Mark Simoneau, New Orleans, LB, 10
Darren Sproles, San Diego, RB, 5
Reggie Walker, Arizona, LB, R
* Practice Squad
** Placed on Injured Reserve


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